ILLEGALLY CUT MANGROVES REPORTED IN GLAN

 Koronadal City, September 22, 2017 (DENR) –More or less 150 hills of mangrove known as “Nipa, bakawan, bungalon and pagatpat” were illegally cut recently at Glan Padidu, Glan in Sarangani province without necessary permits from the Glan Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO Glan) and the Protected Area Management Board-Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape. The incident was reported to CENRO Glan by a concerned citizen.Personnel of the office immediately responded and verified the report.Upon verification, mangroves were cut in order to clear the fishpond fronting the Sarangani Bay Protected area. The mangrove area cleared has reached 14,790 sqm and is under the Fishpond Lease Agreement. Person of interest of the said incident has been given a show cause order to immediately stop further cutting of mangroves and nipas in the area. Section 78 of Presidential Decree 705 as amended Executive Order 277 states that “Any person who shall cut, gather, collect, remove timber or other forest products from any forestland, timber from alienable or disposable public land, or from private land, without authority, or possess timber or other forest products without legal documents as required under existing forest laws and regulations, shall be punished with the penalties imposed under Articles 309 and 310 of the Revised Penal Code”. – with reports from CENRO GLAN (DENR12/MMAdam)Joy Uriarte-caballero Ologuin Gerald Dy Robles Cirilo Aguadera Lagnason Jr.Elvira Lumayag

 

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DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu together with his party graced the Mindanao Launching of Tayo Ang Kalikasan, the DENR-led People’s Environment Stewardship Movement on June 29 at SM City Activity Area in General Santos City.

With the theme, “Tayo Ang Kalikasan goes to Sarangani Bay”, Sec. Cimatu in his message emphasized that “the DENR need the help of everyone to save and protect the Sarangani Bay and the many wonders that the island of Mindanao has to offer”.

He encouraged the need for active participation as we take care of the environment. And, that while Mindanao’s riches have yet to be utilized to their full potential, everyone has to be vigilant of the threats including illegal logging, threats of leaks of toxic substances from mines, wildlife poaching, overfishing, and the improper sewage and solid waste disposal.

Sec. Cimatu also called for us to work in order to empower our fellow Filipinos to take to heart the need to manage our natural resources and use them properly. (MMAdam, MMaulana & JSetenta)

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